Month: March 2021

Bad Science

Attention, flat earthers and aura readers! Here is the book for you. We’re obsessed with health – half of the science stories in the media are medical-based. They bombard us with sciencey-sounding claims. Only more often than not, these have nothing to do with science. The problem with internet journalism is that people are far…
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Sick day rules

I have the flu. Or at least something similar that left me in bed with splitting headaches and fever for the past four days. I’m not sure how I managed, considering the lock-down where I don’t see anyone and my only social outings are trips to the supermarket. But then anything is possible. After two…
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What causes type 1 diabetes?

There’s been a global rise in type 1 diabetes for the past decades, and we don’t know why. The increase is exponential at 3% per year worldwide. On a country-to-country basis, the incidence is higher in northern Europe and Canada than in South America and Asia. We find the highest rates in Finland followed by…
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Bring on the eggs

There’s a very famous Time magazine cover with a plate of bacon and eggs forming a sad face. Inside the magazine, there’s an article called “Hold the Eggs and Butter.” It speaks about the evils of cholesterol. The year of the article was 1984. Everywhere we demonized animal fats as we made way for healthier…
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The end of the honeymoon

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. For reasons unknown, your immune system launches an attack on the insulin-producing beta-cells of the pancreas. After the initial diagnosis, many diabetics still produce some insulin in what we call the honeymoon period. It’s diagnosed with a c-peptide test and works a bit like a speed boost in…
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